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On 2004-04-20 17:37, Reis O'Brien wrote:
I think there was some magic in the Harry Potter movies.


argh! I was scrolling down this thread hoping no-one had said that - I wanted to be the good guy this time! il win next time mr Reis

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On 2004-10-08 23:20, Dr_Stephen_Midnight wrote:
"The Defenders" had a segment in which a magician dies via an underwater escape stunt. As a spoiler: the investigators conclude it was a high-profile suicide.

"Columbo" once had a segment where he matched wits with a murderer/magician, played by Jack Cassidy.

In 1972 there was a TV movie (unsold series pilot) called "Escape," which starred Christopher George as an escape artist named Cammeron Steele. It was sort of a specialized precursor to Bill Bixby's series "The Magician."


I saw that pilot. Even as a kid, I had to wonder why the gangsters thought tying up the world's greatest escape artist, upside down in a strait jacket would have any real effect!
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On 2004-10-09 11:38, AmazingEARL wrote:
"Waiting for the Light" features Shirley Maclaine as a birthday party Magicienne...presenting a classic sawing in half, but complete with blood a'la Richiardi. Needless to say, the kids freaked.


You reminded me of "Two On A Guillotine" where Connie Stevens plays the daughter of a magician who inherits his house when he's declared dead after having gone insane at the "mysterious" death of his wife during their act.
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Didn't River Phoenix vanish from a box at the beginning of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?"

Yes. There was a "magician's caboose" at the end of the circus train sequence.

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"Ghostbusters" used an Aga Levitation to raise Sigourney Weaver off the bed.


I always wondered exactly how they did that. It didn't look like your average "special effect."
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"Just You and Me, Kid" features George Burns as a retired Vaudeville magician, if memory serves. I seem to recall Brooke Shields being levitated to the ceiling to hide her at one point. Carl Ballantine also makes an appearance in that one...I remember his magic on the McHale's Navy TV show, too.

He (Ballatine) also appeared on Harry Anderson's "Night Court" as a desreputable magician who'd been Harry's idol in his youth.

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And although not a theatrically released film, Doug Henning filmed a version of "The Magic Show" after the show closed on Broadway. The illusions from the show are there (most of them) and some of his later work was substituted for the others. Just to have his wonderful work archived on DVD is great. It's got a special spot in my collection.


Yes! Although their changing of the plot to remove the "revenge" angles and the dropping of various songs, replacing them with songs with a "magic" theme seriously cheesed me off!
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A film that SHOULD feature some magic is "Smoke & Mirrors," a project that has been in production since 2001 but is still on hold. It's based on the life of Robert Houdin and stars Michael Douglas as Houdin and Catherine Zeta-Jones as his wife, Collette.

There's also a rumor of a film called "The Magician's Wife" starring Geoffrey Rush...but only a rumor.


Is it Geoffrey Rush now? I'd heard Sean Connery was interested in that script which deals with Houdin's trip to Afghanistan to help quell the revolt. (Fictious names and events of course and the magician doesn't come out very well in the original book.)
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"Even as a kid, I had to wonder why the gangsters thought tying up the world's greatest escape artist, upside down in a strait jacket would have any real effect!"

You got that right, Mandrake. A bullet to the brain would have been much more reliable.

As one movie critic said about the Bruce Lee kung fu movies: "Why don't they just SHOOT the little blighter?!?"

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Ah, yes..."Two on a Guillotine;" Caesar Romero as the Great Duquesne. I've seen that on TV a couple times.
I have an old copy of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" with stills from the film.
I loved 'Duke's' house.

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Just viewed Shade today and it's nothing but card-handling magic!!!
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Caesar Romaro played the Great Randini in Charley Chan on Treasure Island. The villan was Dr. Zodiac.
There is a lot of magic in both versions of West of Zanzabar.
Of course there is the movie Magic.
There is a war time Roy Rogers movie where Roy operates a Thayer Dr.Q induction turbin for a sideshow mind reader.
Almost all Orson Wells later films contain some magic.
The Kay kisser,Bella Lagosi,Peter Lorre clasic You'll Find Out is suspiciouly to a Great Merlani plot, but I've never found any mention of Clayton Royson in any credits.
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And then you have David Bamberg (Fu Manchu) who made several mystery films, and Bela Lugosi as a magician in one of his films with the East Side Kids.

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On 2004-10-12 11:21, Dr_Stephen_Midnight wrote:
Bela Lugosi as a magician in one of his films with the East Side Kids.



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Hey...Chandu...that's another one!

Actually it was, I believe, "Spooks Run Wild," or it might have been "Ghosts on the Loose" (released in the UK as "Ghosts in the Night"). In one of them Lugosi played a magician (maybe in both; I don't recall for sure).

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Another addition to the list...

In "Shakes the Clown" (hailed as the 'Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies'), Bobcat Goldthwait does a birthday party and is shown presenting the Magic Coloring Book and Strat-O-Spheres.

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On 2004-10-07 09:52, drwilson wrote:
I can't believe no one has cited "Penn and Teller Get Killed." There is a lot of magic in this film. Some of the best is when Penn says to Teller, "Show them why we hate magic," and Teller puts on this fey smile and starts mincing around producing silks.

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Ahh... and the ball bearing trick in the airport is delicious!

Steve Martin does a couple magic bits in "Leap of Faith", and *gasp* mentions doing cold reading. LOVE that film!
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How about the movie "Dave"?

Kevin Klein, acting as the president of the united states, pulls a quarter out of a child's ear.
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Julia Misbehaving,Cesar Romero again,
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On 2004-04-22 13:01, whitelephant wrote:
Johnny Depp does a coin roll in Pirates of the Caribbean.


No, he cheated, it was just animation.

It's not a movie, but there's a P.G. Wodehouse play that was made into a video. One of the main characters is a magician, it's pretty funny.
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[quote]On 2004-10-19 00:46, redstreak wrote:
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On 2004-04-22 13:01, whitelephant wrote:
Johnny Depp does a coin roll in Pirates of the Caribbean.


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No, he cheated, it was just animation.

It's not a movie, but there's a P.G. Wodehouse play that was made into a video. One of the main characters is a magician, it's pretty funny.


There was "Real Genius" where Val Kilmer has lines while doing two coins rolls, one in each hand! I hate him.
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Can't believe no-one has mentioned this great film yet:

"as good as it gets"
One of the best films from the last years I think

The woman (Helen Hunt?) has a date one evening and the guy vanishes a cigarette. Looks pretty cool.
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On 2004-10-19 06:22, mandrake01 wrote:
...There was "Real Genius" where Val Kilmer has lines while doing two coins rolls, one in each hand! I hate him.


Doesn't Kilmer do some coin rolls in "Tombstone", too?
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Call me a dork, but I do remember the movie "Saving Silverman" having magic in it. It's kinda at the begining where the dude from american pie hits on the snobby chick and gets rejected.

And Val Kilmer does do a very good coin roll in Tombstone!!!

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On 2004-10-20 15:10, Laughing Otter wrote:
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On 2004-10-19 06:22, mandrake01 wrote:
...There was "Real Genius" where Val Kilmer has lines while doing two coins rolls, one in each hand! I hate him.


Doesn't Kilmer do some coin rolls in "Tombstone", too?


Never saw "Tombstone." "Real Genius" and "Batman Forever" were about as much Val Kilmer as I could take.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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